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Among most of Warlock players it is common to hear the same complain about the Stone Body expert skill once in the most scenarios it will just delay certain death.
Even we know that defensive power is not the main role of this class the purpose of this topic is to discuss possibilities of adjustments and improvements to this skill as far as possible. Below, the current state of the skill:

959822848_corpopetreo.png.09cc1c1711edb8ca5c2202bff23edf4f.png Stone Body:

  • Applies the Stone Body buff for a limited period. The character can't be attacked but he is also immobilized and can't use skills.
    Character also restores some extra health.


Next, the latest changes in the skill(8.4.2 Release):

  • Now after using the skill it can be cancelled during its effect.
  • The skill now restores health every 2 seconds of its duration amounting to 2-3-4-5% from maximum health amount.

 

The skill itself has been improved a lot with these latest changes BUT the main  problem remains, in the most scenarios in the game it just delays certain death.
Considering the PvE content, it's of no use.

Going to the PvP content:

  • Arena¬†: Once you use Stone Body you're a dead weight and -1 in your party ,but at least you'll restore a decent amount of health, right? WRONG! Besides that to recover a decent amount of HP the skill needs to be amplified, and that using it already leaves your party at a disadvantage, the Warlock becomes an extremely easy and predictable target on which opponents will be spamming their click with some control skill or massive damage(R.I.P).
  • GvG and War:¬†There's not much to say here, the Warlock provides a lot of group control in the area and it is very useful in these battles.¬†But just for the record, if he has to use Stone¬†Body, the result when leaving the buff is the same as the other 99% of the time: DEPLETED!

 

Now, let's discuss what could change in the skill if the devs agree that there is a need:
 

In the 9.3 Update Preview we can see that the incoming damage reduction is, to some extent, in the range of possibilities of the developers for Warlock, in the additional effect of Dark Seal.


selonegro.png.265629a4791f9c2175230fa6589ec5cd.pngDark Seal:

 

  • Moved the effect of bonus health restoration by "Life Exhaust" moved to the "Grimoire" skill.
  • Additionally reduces the damage the target deals to the warlock by 10-15-20-25% if it is under the silence effect of the "Hex" skill.

 

Considering that the path the game is taking is not directed to 1x1, this INCOMING DAMAGE REDUCTION would fit perfectly as a post Stone Body effect, with duration and percentage of damage reduction increasing according to the skill level. This incoming damage reduction could be applied to any damage from opponents within a specific area of effect.

Anyway, the new description and functionality of the skill would look something like this:

 

959822848_corpopetreo.png.09cc1c1711edb8ca5c2202bff23edf4f.pngStone Body:

Applies the Stone Body buff for a limited period. The character can't be attacked but he is also immobilized and can't use skills.
Character also restores some extra health.After using the skill it can be cancelled during its effect.
After Stone Body buff effect fades, the incoming damage caused to Warlock from targets within (certain area) is reduced by (certain percentage) for (certain seconds).


In my opinion this would be the easiest improvement in the skill providing more survivability to the warlock and not changing too much the skill mechanics.
I have other ideas, such as a Push effect to solve the frustating spamming(mainly from melee classes) waiting to the end of
Stone Body buff, similar to the Templar reverseflow.png.23886ca80c940808d242aa36c024d13e.png Reverse Flow or a 3x3 blocks 1 sec Silence to players around the Warlock. BUT, honestly i don't know if it would be fair(and that's what I'm looking for for the game).

There is an ideia to make 959822848_corpopetreo.png.09cc1c1711edb8ca5c2202bff23edf4f.pngStone Body more similar to  mantra.png.6bad8f56fa872cdda7322ea4fe675ecf.pngMantra of Healing  giving mobility too but I'm almost sure I read it in another Topic.

 

For now that's it, I appreciate the attention and share your ideas!

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

Should be able to cancel the skill using another skill. I think they'll be a good idea. Use it as counter measurement.

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I didnt even have the skill myself when i used to play wlock but from what ive seen from others it can be useful but most of the time it doesnt really help much. The mobility and damage reduction would be pretty nice, seems like reasonable buff to it. But if i had to add something to it myself it would be to let people still target the wlock so if opponents arent paying attention they would be wasting skills on the wlock while its in an invulnerable state.

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  • 2 weeks later...
4 hours ago, TheCaster said:

This suggestion makes perfect sense for some reason.

Because that's how the skill should work :haha:

Right now, Stone Body is a worse version of Mantra of Healing since it doesn't have ANY advantage, so it could be like:

Stone Body = Immunity and Damage Reduction for some time

Mantra of Healing = Immunity and Mobility during the effect

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  • 4 months later...

This is an old topic but i'll put my idea here.

First. Since warlock have low hp and def, so for me the main problem of lock survival is not how long they can "tank" damage but a way to maintain a safe distance, always keep them away from damage.  So damage reduction is not really helpful , as the op said above "it only delay certain death".

Second as to maintain a safe distance, i agree on the knockback effect at the end of stone body and better if it also add slow. Or after effect end stone body explode and stun enemy around warlock. Its kinda reminds me of phoenix supernova skill from dota.

Knockback or stun in stone body will surely give warlock a chance to fight back or run and it also make everyone think twice before they gank  a warlock. It make warlock more intimidating.

I hope this can make a great suggestion for lock.

 

Ps. Sorry for bad english

 

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